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Are Machines Taking Over Jobs? Could a Robot take over YOUR Job?

Updated on August 30, 2017

Could Machines be partially responsible for the unemployment rates?

As I go through a normal day I experience machines more and more. And I'm not really sure if I like it. The more machines I see, the less humans I see as well.

For example, It used to be when I went to the grocery store on a busy Saturday there would be about 10 cashiers ready to assist the customers. Now You will see maybe 4 or 5 cashiers and 4 or 5 machines that are called self service. Yes it is convenient to ring myself up, but I have to wonder does this mean someone lost their job because they were no longer needed? Perhaps a single Mom or Dad?

Have you noticed all those Red Boxes everywhere? You can get a DVD for 99 cents and never have to deal with a human. Do you think that could be the reason Hollywood Video and Blockbuster went out of business? How many thousands of people are losing their jobs because other humans would rather deal with a machine? I really would like to know.

I Don't Want to Talk To A Machine When I Need Help!

Many companies no longer have operators or secretaries answer their phones. When people call the phone company or a credit card company it is almost impossible to get a human person. Now you get to talk to a machine that can assist you or worse yet, you may get someone who isn't even in your country. You get someone who is reading from a script and is to me even worse than dealing with a machine because they seem robotic. But again more lost jobs for Americans. Jobs lost to outsourcing or Machines.

This didn't happen overnight. It started years ago when self service gas stations started to appear and then shortly after that ATM's started to appear.

I'm not knocking technology but I am really a little bit scared that the greed of people and companies could really cause more and more unemployment. I also have no idea if there is a solution. It is all a little scary!

Examples of Jobs Lost To Robots

I wanted to create a list of some of the jobs that have been lost to robots over the years. I will continue to add to the list as I think of more. Feel free to leave me some examples in the comment section below and I will add them to my list.

  1. No more full service gas stations. (Although I think they still may have a few in New Jersey}.
  2. Bank Machines replace the jobs of bank tellers. Now when you walk in a bank, you will only see a few humans.
  3. Robot answer phones when you call a company or worse yet you get someone from another country who speaks terrible English. This is almost worse is you really need help. Please for the love of God USA, stop outsourcing jobs.
  4. No more video stores. Okay, I know I talked about this above, but really it is pretty sad.
  5. And soon, there will not be music stores as people now download their music online.
  6. Retail Workers. Okay, I know there are still many big box stores like Walmart. But have you noticed that there are many malls across America that are gone and storefronts that are closed over. People buy more online than ever before. And this causes retail workers to find it harder to find a job.

Are you concerned about how machines seem to be taking over?

Is there hope for the future?

I find myself worried at times at where we are going? What will happen when we no longer need humans to do the work? It has been said by many that the computers and machines will need humans for programming and up keep, but don't you think maybe a robot could be programmed for that as well?

I don't know. It is all pretty scary to me. I get a little weirded out when I think about it. A suppose all we can do is hope that our kids, grand kids, and great grand kids will figure it out. I pray for the future of our world.

Are Machines taking over jobs?

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    • bigjoe2121 profile image


      6 years ago

      I love redbox :) Blockbuster was cool too, but redbox is so much more convenient. We all have to keep up with the times or fall behind.

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      6 years ago

      How about we as people (human beings) stop using these do it your self check out lines and redboxes and maybe it will stop. As long as the bottom line says that it works, the more it will grow and continue on. I have already stopped using the self check out lines. What people need to do in the US is stop watching so much Television and start becoming less anti social. This anti social behavior we are seeing from everyone is what is really destroying America. No sense of community or family anymore. Everyone is just so selfish here that we all want to be by ourselves in fantasy land in front of a television or computer.

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      6 years ago

      The real problem is when you infuse some intelligence into the machines in the form of computers... Because a machine has exponential physical power compared with a human, now, by adding a weak form of intelligence, you are assembling a recipe for a new type of disaster. I think that the United States will destroy itself because we don't understand "gentle".

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      6 years ago

      I wish you had done some research and had figures. I would like to know what percentage of unemployed have been edged out by computers .maybe no one can help unemployment because this is just the beginning of the takeover.

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      6 years ago

      Not to level that we should be afraid of losing job, at least not any soon. But other effects on our live this what we should be afraid of.

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      7 years ago

      Yes they are! There, I said it.

    • Mrmakingusmile LM profile image

      Mrmakingusmile LM 

      8 years ago

      Good lens. Thanks for making me smile!

    • Wendy L Henderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Wendy Henderson 

      8 years ago from PA

      @anonymous: thank you

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      8 years ago

      What an excellent lens you have here!


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